Wee Pals is a syndicated comic strip about a diverse group of children, created and produced by Morrie Turner.
Wee Pals first appeared on February 15, 1965. Syndicated by the Des Moines Register and Tribune Syndicate, the strip originally appeared in only 5 daily newspapers, as many papers refused to run a strip featuring black characters. After the assassination of Martin Luther King, the number of papers carrying the strip grew to 60; today it appears in over 100 dailies.
The strip is centered on the activities of a group of children from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. The regular characters include:
- Randy (African-American)
- Pablo (Chicano/Mexican-American)
- Diz an African-American boy who's never without his sunglasses and beret, he plays trumpet like his namesake Dizzy Gillespie and often narrates the Funky Fables strips.
- Ralph (Caucasian) He is the neighborhood bigot & ruffian who frequently gets his racist, sexist, rear handed to him when he insults the other kids in the neighborhood.
- Nipper an African-American boy who always wears a blue or grey American Civil War kepi, has a dog named General Lee.
- Mikki (African-American; about four years old)
- Oliver, a chubby, bookish white boy with glasses. Sometimes referred to as "Lil' Ebert" for his resemblance to a young Rober Ebert. He's usually the straight man in strips where one of the kids misinterprets an idiom or makes a pun.
- Connie, an athletic white girl who frequently clashes with Ralph over his misogyny and racism. She's an outspoken member of the neighborhood "Girls' Lib" organization, a play on the Women's Liberation Movement.
- Sybil, an African-American girl who is also in the Girls' Lib organization.
- Rocky (Native American)
- George (Asian-American of Chinese origin)
- Jerry (Jewish)
- Trinh (Vietnamese)
- Sally (nationality unstated, but deaf-mute)
- Wellington (nationality unstated, dark hair covering eyes)
The strip is currently distributed by Creators Syndicate. Turner still writes and draws the strips.
Animated series 
Wee Pals was later animated as Kid Power, which was produced by Rankin-Bass and Videocraft Productions. It aired in the USA on ABC television Saturday mornings. A total of 17 episodes were made, most of which aired from September 16, 1972 to January 6, 1973, followed by reruns. In the following year, a few new episodes which were unfinished during the first sesaon aired on Sunday mornings (combined with reruns) until September 1, 1974. Animation was done in Japan at Topcraft.
- Produced and Directed by Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
- Teleplay by William J. Keenan
- Associate Producer: Basil Cox
- Animation Supervision: Toru Hara, Tsuguyuki Kubo
- Music: Perry Botkin Jr.
- Songs by Jules Bass, Perry Botkin Jr.
- Editorial Supervision: Irwin Goldress
- Sound Engineers: Jim Harris, John Boyd
- Donald Fullilove (Diz and Randy)
- Michelle Johnson (Sybil)
- Charles Kennedy (Nipper)
- Gary Shapiro (Jerry and Wellington)
- Jay Silverheels Jr. (Rocky)
- Greg Thomas (Oliver)
- Jeff Thomas (Ralph)
- April Winchell (Connie)
- Carey Wong (George)
- Strickler, Dave. Syndicated Comic Strips and Artists, 1924–1995: The Complete Index. Cambria, CA: Comics Access, 1995. ISBN 0-9700077-0-1.
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